My God; Through Jesus Christ
A Sermon on Romans 1:7-15
To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Longing to Go to Rome
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. (ESV)
Conversion is not the end of the Christian journey, it’s the beginning. The Apostle Paul is aware of this and longs to visit the Christians in Rome so that he might strengthen them. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones displays the Apostle Paul’s love for others which stems from his confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ. Filled with the Spirit, Paul’s passion is clearly seen as he thinks of others, prays for them, and seeks to visit them. Among many Christians today, the primary concern is for one’s self. A man talks about his own personal journey toward God. It’s not uncommon to hear a Christian declare, “I'm just focusing on myself right now.” But is this the way of Christ? Through Jesus, Christians have confidence before God. Christians are no longer simply “seeking God,” but rather seeking to love others through the assurance they have found in Jesus Christ. Listen in as Lloyd-Jones demonstrates how the Gospel motivated Paul, not only the desire to visit and strengthen others, but to pray for them. As Paul comes to God in prayer, he comes through the one he has such confidence: the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way of salvation, and the Christian desires all others to be built up in him.